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  • 8 Things We Learned From the Tribeca Film Festival's Bob Weir Doc

    8 Things We Learned From the Tribeca Film Festival's Bob Weir Doc | ARTICLE

    Anyone making a movie about a member of the Grateful Dead would naturally gravitate toward Jerry Garcia. But director Mike Fleiss, best known for co-directing the 2011 doc God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, had other ideas. “I...

    April 23, 2014 10:15 AM ET
  • Jesse Winchester Dead at 69, Singer-Songwriter Became Anti-War Icon

    Jesse Winchester Dead at 69, Singer-Songwriter Became Anti-War Icon | ARTICLE

    Jesse Winchester, the esteemed singer-songwriter who became a symbol of the anti-war movement when he moved to Canada to escape the draft in the Sixties, died April 11th from bladder cancer. Winchester, who was living in Virginia...

    April 11, 2014 1:55 PM ET
  • Nils Lofgren Recalls Touring With Bruce, Writing With Lou Reed

    Nils Lofgren Recalls Touring With Bruce, Writing With Lou Reed | ARTICLE

    In the time-flies department, this June marks the 30th anniversary of Nils Lofgren's debut as a member of the E Street Band. "I was a deer in the headlights," Lofgren recalls of the first arena show with...

    April 3, 2014 2:35 PM ET
  • Paul Rodgers Returns to His Soul and R&B Roots

    Paul Rodgers Returns to His Soul and R&B Roots | ARTICLE

    Think of Paul Rodgers, and the durable rock hits he wrote and recorded with Free ("All Right Now," "Fire and Water") and Bad Company ("Can’t Get Enough," "Feel Like Making Love") quickly come to mind. Maybe...

    March 21, 2014 9:05 AM ET
  • Donna Jean Godchaux's Long, Strange Trip

    Donna Jean Godchaux's Long, Strange Trip | ARTICLE

    Donna Jean Godchaux knows what you're thinking, especially if you're a Deadhead: that her voice wasn't always spot-on when she was a member of the Grateful Dead in the Seventies. "I can't defend myself very much," says...

    March 4, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Cameron Crowe on How Philip Seymour Hoffman Became Lester Bangs

    Cameron Crowe on How Philip Seymour Hoffman Became Lester Bangs | ARTICLE

    When Cameron Crowe was casting Almost Famous, he knew he'd found his Lester Bangs before Philip Seymour Hoffman even entered the picture. "He was a forceful presence with a big heart," the filmmaker tells Rolling Stone as...

    February 14, 2014 9:05 AM ET
  • How Paul Simon and Sting Became Rock's New Superduo

    How Paul Simon and Sting Became Rock's New Superduo | ARTICLE

    Not long ago, Sting challenged his friend Paul Simon to write a song with him. "The next question is, what do we write about?" Sting says mischievously, taking a break in a Manhattan recording studio. "We're not...

    February 5, 2014 10:30 AM ET
  • Jane's Addiction Performing Full 'Nothing's Shocking' Shows

    Jane's Addiction Performing Full 'Nothing's Shocking' Shows | ARTICLE

    Last year marked the 25th anniversary of one of alt-rock’s landmark albums, Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking. The date was commemorated last October, when the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but something...

    January 29, 2014 4:05 PM ET
  • Pete Seeger, Folk Legend, Dead at 94

    Pete Seeger, Folk Legend, Dead at 94 | ARTICLE

    Pete Seeger, a seminal figure in American music who kept folk music alive and influenced generations of musicians from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, died Monday of natural causes in New York, his grandson confirmed...

    January 28, 2014 5:15 AM ET
  • Imagine Dragons 'Not Counting on Winning' Any Grammys Sunday Night

    Imagine Dragons 'Not Counting on Winning' Any Grammys Sunday Night | ARTICLE

    At the Grammys this Sunday, Imagine Dragons will be competing for awards against everyone from Daft Punk and Lorde to Led Zeppelin and Jack White. If you think their odds are slim in light of that competition,...

    January 21, 2014 9:30 AM ET
  • '20 Feet From Stardom' Gets Its Turn in Oscars' Spotlight

    '20 Feet From Stardom' Gets Its Turn in Oscars' Spotlight | ARTICLE

    Darlene Love has a mighty voice, but yesterday she really let it rip. At her home in New Jersey, she'd just finished her regular morning meditation and settled in to watch some of the Oscar nominations...

    January 17, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • Suzanne Vega on Her Return, Lou Reed's Puppy and Loving Macklemore

    Suzanne Vega on Her Return, Lou Reed's Puppy and Loving Macklemore | ARTICLE

    Suzanne Vega never knows who'll turn out to be a devotee. Take the young Adele fan who approached her at a recent show after Adele cited Vega as an influence (and "The Queen and the Soldier" as...

    January 16, 2014 2:55 PM ET
  • Inside Perry Farrell's Wild Vegas EDM Musical: Sex, Drugs and War

    Inside Perry Farrell's Wild Vegas EDM Musical: Sex, Drugs and War | ARTICLE

    Now that EDM has infiltrated the pop charts and has its own upcoming EDM Awards show (by way of Dick Clark Productions, of all companies), what else does it need in its push to dominate the world? A...

    January 15, 2014 3:55 PM ET
  • Phil Everly, Everly Brothers Vocal Legend, Dead at 74

    Phil Everly, Everly Brothers Vocal Legend, Dead at 74 | ARTICLE

    Rock & roll lost one of its supreme harmony singers when Phil Everly, half of the Everly Brothers, died today at the age of 74. According to a report attributed to his wife Patti Everly, the cause...

    January 3, 2014 10:50 PM ET
  • Brian May Talks New Queen Recordings, Freddie Mercury Biopic

    Brian May Talks New Queen Recordings, Freddie Mercury Biopic | ARTICLE

    When Freddie Mercury sang "we will rock you" in 1977, even he probably wouldn't have imagined that the rocking would continue into the 21st century. Mercury died in 1991, yet the industry of Queen continues. A...

    December 16, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • Meet the Folk Singer Who Inspired 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Meet the Folk Singer Who Inspired 'Inside Llewyn Davis' | ARTICLE

    People who were close to Dave Van Ronk, the Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz institution, had a feeling someone might be making a movie inspired by his life. A few years ago, Elijah Wald, who co-wrote Van Ronk's posthumous...

    December 2, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • 5 Shocking Revelations About U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical

    5 Shocking Revelations About U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical | ARTICLE

    In 2005, playwright Glen Berger was hired by director Julie Taymor to co-write the script for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. What followed were six crazed, tumultuous, accident-ridden years before the show, with music by Bono...

    November 19, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • The Yellow Dogs Open Up About Their Nightmare in Brooklyn

    The Yellow Dogs Open Up About Their Nightmare in Brooklyn | ARTICLE

    Siavash Karampour couldn't begin to understand the call. In the early-morning hours of November 11th, the lead singer of the Yellow Dogs – the Iranian indie band that had relocated to Brooklyn in 2010 and was building...

    November 15, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • Is Penny Penny the Next Rodriguez?

    Is Penny Penny the Next Rodriguez? | ARTICLE

    To anyone who saw Searching for Sugar Man, the scenario is familiar: Musician makes records that generate local buzz but don’t translate into massive stardom. Musician continues working but extremely under the radar,...

    November 4, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • Yoko Ono Busts a Move in 'Bad Dancer'

    Yoko Ono Busts a Move in 'Bad Dancer' | VIDEO

    "Oh, you're going to be observing all my moves!" Yoko Ono told a visiting reporter on the set of her "Bad Dancer" video. Not just hers, it turned out: for the first single from her new...

    November 4, 2013 1:00 PM ET
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